Tacoma Jazz Walk: 9 downtown venues host 50 musicians March 5

More than 50 jazz musicians will perform in March at nine venues throughout downtown Tacoma’s historic Theater District and Antique Row as part of the Tacoma Jazz Association’s Tacoma Jazz Walk.

“We are very excited [about] what the Jazz Walk offers to the local music and arts scene,” said Tacoma Jazz Association Director Kareem Kandi. “The reception we have had from the participating venues and performers has been inspiring. It’s going to be a great night of jazz.”

The one-night jazz spectacular will feature Pacific Northwest musicians such as Pearl Django, The Tracy Knoop Quartet featuring Bill Ramsay, The David Joyner Trio, Johnaye Kendrick, Jay Thomas, and many others at venues that include the B Sharp Coffeehouse, Sanford & Son Antiques (Library & Auction Rooms), Tacoma City Ballet, B2 Fine Art Gallery, Serenity Spa, Tacoma Brewing Co., Abby’s on Broadway, and Abby’s Wine Shop.

The Tacoma Jazz Walk will be held on Sat., March 5, between 6 p.m. and midnight. One ticket allows access to all shows and venues, and ticket holders will be able to walk from venue to venue.

Advance tickets are available online at tacomajazzwalk.com and offer the best value: Adult tickets are $20, youth tickets (under 15) are $10. (Prices increase to $30/$15 at the door). To promote sustaining memberships, the event Web site is promoting free tickets to new members who join the Tacoma Jazz Association through Mon., Feb. 29. All proceeds benefit local jazz education, performance and scholarships.

The event is sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Tacoma, Umpqua Bank, Jazz Live at Marine View, Titus-Will, Tacoma City Ballet, KPLU, and South Sound Magazine.

The Tacoma Jazz Walk benefits the Tacoma Jazz Association and JazzClubsNW. Both non-profit organizations are member-run, member-sustained, and dedicated to supporting live music performance and education in Tacoma and the Pacific Northwest (see “JazzClubsNW: Education, performance non-profit expands to Tacoma,” Tacoma Daily Index, Aug. 12, 2015). The Tacoma Jazz Association presents live jazz every Friday night at the B Sharp Coffee House on Opera Alley, and JazzClubsNW has organized the North Bend Jazz Walk since 2012.